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The George:

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The Survivors: Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden Kai – When Violet Lightning Strikes!

Kawanishi N1K2-Ja Shiden Kai fighter of the elite Imperial Japanese Navy 343rd Kokutai at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida
The Survivors: Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden Kai – When Violet Lightning Strikes!

The Kawanishi N1K1-J Shiden (“Violet Lightning“, Allied Code Name: George) and N1K2-J Shiden Kai (Modified) are regarded as the best land based fighter operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War Two. The George was reasonably fast (top speed 595 Km/h / 369 mph – a bit less than the planned 656 km/h / 408mph), maneuverable, heavily armed (later models had 4 x 20mm Type 99 wing mounted cannons – they could also carry 2 x 250kg bombs), well armoured and had a good operational range.

In the right hands it was a match for US Navy Vought F4U Corsair and Grumman F6F Hellcat fighters but as was often the case for the Japanese, it was introduced too late (1943) and with only 1,413 produced between 1943-1945 (only 406 of these were the N1K2-J model), it was not built in enough numbers to change the course of the war and the ever approaching Allied bombers. Pproduction delays occurred with development issues and of course Allied bombing of industrial areas limited the availability of airframes, engines and parts.
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https://acesflyinghigh.wordpress.com/2018/03/10/the-survivors-kawanishi-n1k2-j-shiden-kai-when-violet-lightning-strikes/

Plenty of pictures, including one with the Enola Gay.

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RE: Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden Kai – When Violet Lightning... - 1/26/2021 1:40:03 AM   
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Nice, thanks.

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